Tommy Dowdy

Tommy Lee Dowdy

March 14th, 1943 - December 17th, 2020
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Tommy L. Dowdy, 77, of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, surrounded by family members.

He was born on March 14, 1943 in Lynchburg, Virginia and grew up in Altavista, Virginia. He was of the Methodist faith.

Tom graduated from Altavista High School in 1961 and attended Ferrum College and graduated in 1963. He completed his four-year degree at Virginia Tech in March of 1966.

After graduation, he entered the insurance business and spent his entire career of 44+ years in insurance and managing his real estate. He was a Life Member of the Million Dollar Roundtable and qualified for many awards and company sponsored trips. He was President of the Montgomery Life Underwriters Association and was successful in building and managing his real estate business.

He enjoyed traveling and golf and was an active member of the Roanoke Valley Sports Club. Tom enjoyed his son, Drew’s Baritone voice, and enjoyed him singing and performing in Operas and play acting. He also enjoyed his brother Steve’s family.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara A. Downey; his mother and father, Lois and Tommy Dowdy; and his sister, Sandra M. Carr.

He is survived by his son, Michael Andrew “Drew;” his brother, Steve and Cecelia Dowdy; and a number of nieces and nephews.

At Tom’s request, a private funeral will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, Tom’s request was for donations to be made to the Children’s Trust, 541 Luck Avenue, Suite 308, Roanoke, VA 24016. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.oakeys.com.
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Nancy Edwards

Posted at 07:54pm
Dear Drew,
I was so shocked to learn of your dad's passing. He was in our wedding in 1970! When in Altavista he would always stop by and visit. We both were lovers of golf so we had lots to talk about ! He and my late husband, Charles Edwards, would love spending time talking about their fun times growing up. He always bragged on you and was so proud.
Sending prayers and comfort to you,
Nancy Edwards

Bob Clement

Posted at 08:53am
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Tommy's passing as we had just spoken several weeks ago and all seemed so well. We first met while I worked for the city as I seemed to become his 'go to' person for helping to resolve city/neighborhood-related issues by putting him in touch with those who could help resolve them. Since my retirement in Oct 2018, we continued to stay in touch. I discovered he knew my father well as they both were members of the 'Millionaires Club' for the most sales in any given year and shared the passion for investing and golfing. I will truly miss talking and sharing stories with him. My sincerest sympathy to the family as I am truly saddened as I know you are. Bob Clement, friend and neighbor

lon andrew

Posted at 05:11am
We send our sympathy to Drew, Steve and Cecelia for your loss of Tommy Lee. We remember his great humor and smile, and Tommy Lee was always sharp in mind and dress. Lon Andrew and Family

Bobby and Judy Walker

Posted at 03:45pm
I was shocked to hear the news of Tommy’s passing. We had plans to meet the week of his death to reminisce about our days at Altavista High. I know the conversation would have led to our sporting activities which I will forever cherish. Not only was he a great friend but a kind and special person to all. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers are extended to his family
Bobbie and Judy Walker

Stephanie Leiser

Posted at 06:00pm
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Tommy’s passing. He was one of our neighbors on Maple Avenue where he was lovingly known as the Mayor of Maple Avenue. He will undoubtedly be missed in the neighborhood by everyone and we will miss our chats at the backyard fence, in the alleyway and on the front sidewalk. Our sincerest condolences for his son, family and friends. Much love!

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